If a wave of orange sweeps Budapest on Sunday, it stops at the gates of Puskas Arena. Attractive in the group stage (3 wins, 8 goals scored against 2), Memphis Depay and the Netherlands dreamed of this. ” Big “ In this euro, but they fell from a high place in front of the Czech Republic. It was reduced to ten in the 55th minute after Mathis de Ligt was sent off, and they finally broke up. And he never gave the impression of being able to respond (one shot in the second half, no goal in the match), apart from the offensive power they showed in the first round.
Even with its injured captain Vladimir Darida deprived, the Czech Republic believed in her game plan. It unfolded nicely, diminishing the massive impact of Georginio Wijnaldum (26 shots, 7 lost, only 10 assists) in the middle. Jaroslav Silhavy was not satisfied with the defense but was a question سؤال ‘Attack them too’And that’s what his players did. Before Thomas Holz, from the head (68, 1-0), and Patrik Schick, served … holes in the withdrawal (80, 2-0), the dominance of the Czechs is not achieved, Tomas Suczyk (22) and also sent Antonin Barak (38) Chills in the goal of Martin Stecklenburg.
Tomas Vaclic, his Czech counterpart, was a quieter afternoon as he had no downtime. But his team owes a lot of his cred to him, because his descent to Donyell Malen in the 52nd minute, three minutes before seeing De Ligt in red, changed the fate of this round of 16. He came out of Group D in third place with just one win, and Schick (4 goals) ) and his colleagues are at best strangers. They will face Denmark for a place in the last four on Saturday in Baku. And they didn’t steal their shift.
The Czech Republic joined the Euro quarter-finals for the fourth time in its history (after 1996, 2004 and 2012), for its seventh participation in the competition.
Turning point: De Ligt’s expulsion
If we don’t recognize Holland on Sunday, at 10 as at 11, Frank de Boer’s men looked completely helpless after the 55th minute, the moment Sergei Karasev chose to send off Matisse de Ligt. The Russian referee in the round of 16 initially gave only a yellow card to Juventus defender Turin, before realizing, thanks to the VAR control screen, that De Ligt deliberately took the ball out of his hand after losing his balance in a duel with. Check. At ten, the Batavian offered nothing more. Worse, their defense was shattered.